Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

I had planned to sit down and write a post today but then I read this post and heard this man’s story.

I hope that you will take the time to hear the story. It is a meaningful story, told by a humble man and you will understand like I do the power and connection of a story .
Toastmasters will appreciate that the speech includes an evaluation and that highlights the strong points of the speech as well as providing suggestions on how to improve it. That is what Toastmasters do when we get together in clubs, and evaluations help us improve.

Manner of Speaking

Alberto Cairo is the head of the orthopedic program run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (the “ICRC”) in Afghanistan. A physiotherapist from Italy, he has been in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. During that time, he has helped thousands of Afghan landmine and accident victims. Not only has given them prosthetic limbs, he has given them hope. He has given them dignity.

Alberto’s story is poignant, hopeful and inspirational. I found it deeply moving. Please do watch. Following the clip is my analysis from the public speaking perspective.

There are profound life lessons that that we can learn from “Mr. Alberto”, as he is known to the thousands of people whom he has help. There are also several things that we can learn from him about about public speaking.

  • In a succinct, 45-second opening, Alberto introduces himself and sets the stage for his talk. Introducing oneself…

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About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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3 Responses to Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

  1. Mr. Alberto has such an honest and beautiful soul. His story is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful. Thank you for sharing it.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thank you for your comment, I agree 100%! What did you of the evaluation ? This is a toastmasters practice that includes what we liked and “gifts “ for improvement in our opinion.

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      • Actually I got caught up in the clip and didn’t read all of the evaluation. What I like the most about the clip was the authenticity of Mr. Alberto. He wasn’t a polished presenter, which made it more compelling for me.


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